Category Archives: Music

THE SPIRIT OF AN ERA

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To typify London’s the stock of Sign of the Times store as rave gear would be a gross oversimplification. Having opened up as a stall in Camden in 1986, before moving to Kensington Market, Fiona Cartledge’s business/passion project was the summary of a young life spent participating in multiple scenes. The moment it signposted was the dawn of dance music as big business, with house’s DIY boom, the early signs of riot grrrl, dressed the discerning side of British indie music when Creation popped off, while heralding the high-end meeting with club and street gear that spawned spots like Pineal Eye and Kokon To Zai and the ensuing world that allowed creative powerhouses like Kim Jones and Nicola Formichetti to help alter popular culture. Continue reading THE SPIRIT OF AN ERA

TOMMY’S AUTOBIOGRAPHY

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It’s good to hear that Tommy Hilfiger’s memoir is dropping at the end of this year. American Dreamer: My Life in Fashion and Business is going to be published by Ballantine on October 16th and promises to be a definitive, despite weighing in at a slim-sounding 240 pages. I’m hoping that it’s not the usual dumbed-down, reiterate-a-point business book, because I want at least 10 pages on his time spent designing Coca-Cola clothing and at least a chapter on the moment when he spotted Puba and his boys clad in XXL Hilfiger gear at JFK airport and got his brother Andy to make the introduction. Continue reading TOMMY’S AUTOBIOGRAPHY

TITANIUM SHELVES

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This blog is rapidly looking like a Patta fansite, but I love talking to those guys about culture. Plus Gee is one of the select few whose book recommendations I trust 100%, and this site is also transforming into little more than a set of gushing paragraphs about the printed word. A book just dropped that documents Amsterdam’s street style through the long-running Appelsap festival. Continue reading TITANIUM SHELVES

DROWNING IN THE ARCHIVES

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I’ve been bleating about a need for a decent Stüssy book for a while now. After all, the brand pretty much did it all before the rest of us. On the parody front, they were messing with Hermes prints and far more beyond the interlocked S designs, and it transpires that their archive is pretty killer. Continue reading DROWNING IN THE ARCHIVES

TRUDGING SLOWLY OVER WET SAND

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There are a lot of print tee brands out there. It’s no surprise either — there’s more outlets hungry for look books than ever before, IG and a Big Cartel can help you market and build a line, plus we all have infinite reference points at our fingertips. Continue reading TRUDGING SLOWLY OVER WET SAND

HELLY-HANSEN & HIP-HOP

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Every now and again I put together the kind of thing that would traditionally be here for somebody else. My friends at size? asked if I could throw together something on Helly-Hansen’s moment in the spotlight back in the 1990s, and its subsequent trend-level moments. It’s kind of a celebration and cautionary tale. I’ll always respect the brand for trying to take that Nautica cash and embracing its hip-hop audience to the point where they ran HH Dead Prez promos.

Got back to the mansion, to divvy up the paper/Helly-Hansen was the brain of the whole entire caper
Q-Tip ‘Drink Away the Pain’

I went from Helly-Hansen to mini mansions
Mase ‘Top of the World’

Had on the Helly-Hansen and a knot that was fat/Had the spotlight beaming on my Astro Black hat
Quasimoto, ‘Hittin’ Hooks’

I’m holding up for ransom, still rock the Helly-Hansen
Action Bronson ‘Brown Bag Wrap’

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